Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement

Non Accredited

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Objectives and Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the foundational structure of ethical decision-making.
  • Recognize questionable ethical situations when they occur.
  • Explain the value of ethical behavior.
  • Deduce proper ways to respond when confronted with a potential unethical situation.
  • Formulate a process for investigating a questionable situation.
  • Develop ethically sound procurement documents.
  • Recommend ethical expectations to customers and suppliers.

Intended Audience

Intended for all public procurement professionals who develop solicitations and award contracts.




Ethics are the principles which define behavior as right, good and appropriate. Employees in public service are bound to uphold certain values which extend beyond simply doing what’s legal. Ethical behavior is essential to earning and keeping public trust.  This course is designed to offer a practical hands-on approach to ethical decision-making in the public procurement process by engaging in exercises and case studies that reinforce presented concepts. Being ethical isn’t always easy.  Procurement professionals have to make many decisions under economic, professional, social and political pressure.  From the basic day-to-day to the complex decisions, this course is a comprehensive study that will equip the public procurement professional to deal with those decisions ethically.

The course uses the textbook Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know by John C. Maxwell.

NIGP's focused topics provide additional knowledge for you to better understand and master the world of public procurement. These courses connect you to content relevant to the CPPB and CPPO certification exams

Course Outline

  • Historical overview of the evolution of ethical behavior
  • Reasons for being ethical
  • Six Pillars of Character
    - Trustworthiness
    - Responsibility
    - Fairness
    - Caring
    - Citizenship
  • Factors that Contribute to Unethical Behavior
  • Bidding Do’s and Don’ts
  • Areas of High Risk for Ethically Inappropriate Behavior
    - Conflict of interest
    - Kickbacks and bribes
    - Circumventing purchasing authority
    - Back door selling
    - Employment
  • Supplier Relations


1 Day Course

Textbook provided

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